With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft plans to allow IT professionals to buy applications in bulk from an app store, something Apple has offered for years.
But in Microsoft’s case, the IT departments will also be able to assign these apps to individual people through a username/password technology that many IT departments already use: Active Directory. In particular, IT departments can use a cloud version of Active Directory, hosted on Microsoft’s cloud Azure, to assign specific apps to specific people.
People will then be able to “click on the link to install the apps” to whatever device they use, according to a blog post from Microsoft’s Jim Alkove.
If a company already has a private app store that it is hosting itself, Microsoft promises that the new Windows 10 portal will allow be able to work with it.